Great weather run brings huge rewards
  |  First Published: August 2014

What another fantastic run of weather we've had, with some fantastic fishing too.


Fishing in general has been brilliant. We had another late run of Spanish mackerel, which we bagged out on every day we went and fished for them.

Reef fishing has been terrific too. Pearl perch are the predominant species we are getting in good numbers on both the close grounds and out wider on the offshore bommies. Soft plastics are definitely the go for catching the larger fish and pilchards are the pick of the baits.

We've also enjoyed a really good run of coral trout, picking most of them up on live yakkas.

Snapper have made their winter appearance too. They are only small fish at the moment but we expect that to change with the approaching full moon.

There have been some huge amberjack and cobia caught and on one particular day we boated some specimens over 40kg. They really are freight trains when they reach that size and you need some tough fishing gear to hang onto them, but wow, they are impressive fish.

Other species biting well are sweetlip and Moses perch and we have had some great catches of large parrot fish.


The Straits have been fishing well for whiting with both summer and winter varieties. Winter whiting have been pretty thick from Big Mick beacon north to Tinnanbar. The Sink Hole at Inskip Point and the bottom end of Fraser Island have been fishing well for the summer species.

Squid have been on fire around Tin Can Bay and Carlo Point area.

August is one of the top fishing months. It was definitely the best month for offshore fishing last year with big runs of pearl perch and snapper and some great red emperor. Reef fish are abundant everywhere.

August looks set to be another ripper, so make sure you get to Rainbow Beach and have a crack at some sensational winter fishing.

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